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An Expert in Murder

An Expert in Murder

ISBN
9780571366392
Published
04/02/2021
9780571366392
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
368

About the Book

An Expert in Murder is the first in a new series that features Golden Age crime writer Josephine Tey as its lead character, placing her in the richly-peopled world of 1930s theatre which formed the other half of her writing life. It's March 1934, and Tey is travelling from Scotland to London to celebrate what should be the triumphant final week of her celebrated play, Richard of Bordeaux. However, a seemingly senseless murder puts her reputation, and even her life, under threat. An Expert in Murder is both a tribute to one of the most enduringly popular writers of crime and an atmospheric detective novel in its own right.

An Expert in Murder is the first in a new series that features Golden Age crime writer Josephine Tey as its lead character, placing her in the richly-peopled world of 1930s theatre which formed the other half of her writing life. It's March 1934, and Tey is travelling from Scotland to London to celebrate what should be the triumphant final week of her celebrated play, Richard of Bordeaux. However, a seemingly senseless murder puts her reputation, and even her life, under threat. An Expert in Murder is both a tribute to one of the most enduringly popular writers of crime and an atmospheric detective novel in its own right.
  • Nicola Upson

    Nicola Upson was born in Suffolk and read English at Downing College, Cambridge. She has worked in theatre and as a freelance journalist, and is the author of two non-fiction works, as well as a novel about Stanley Spence, Stanley and Elsie.She has been a recipient of an Escalator Award from the Arts Council England.

    Her debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series of crime novels whose main character is Josephine Tey. The seventh Josephine Tey novel, Nine Lessons, was shortlisted for the CWA Historial Dagger in 2018 and the most recent novel in the series, Sorry for the Dead, was published in November 2019.

    ‘The story brims with intelligence and compassion, enhanced by Upson’s sharp, elegant prose, something to look forward to in future instalments in this remarkable series.’  – Nic Mira, Thriller Books Journal on Sorry for the Dead

    She lives with her partner in Cambridge and spends much of her time in Cornwall.

    Click here to read Nicola's list of top ten golden age detective novels in The Guardian.

“'Upson's efficient, almost brisk writing style keeps this tribute to the golden age of detective fiction rolling along ... this is a clever debut ... the mix of fact and fiction is playful and intriguing too.'”
- The Herald
“'Fans of period detective fiction will enjoy Upson's recreation of Thirties theatreland, and her mannered prose ... in Upson's capable hands, the crime writer's second incarnation proves as intriguing and convincing as her first.'”
- Independent

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